Friday, December 13, 2019

Danny Aiello

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Very sad news today...

Danny Aiello, whose roles in Do the Right Thing, Moonstruck, The Godfather Part II and other films made him one of the most familiar and admired character actors of recent decades, died Thursday in a New Jersey medical facility following a sudden illness. He was 86. 

Aiello’s film breakthrough came in 1973 with a supporting role in baseball drama Bang the Drum Slowly, starring Robert De Niro. A signature role came the following year when he played mobster Tony Rosato in Francis Ford Coppola’s Best Picture Oscar winner The Godfather Part II. 

He’d also appear in four Woody Allen projects: 1976’s The Front, in which Allen starred as a man hopelessly caught up in the Hollywood blacklist; 1985’s The Purple Rose of Cairo; 1987’s Radio Days; and, in 1981, Allen’s Broadway play The Floating Lightbulb, in which Aiello co-starred with Bea Arthur. 

Additional notable film credits include Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Harlem Nights (1989), Hudson Hawk (1991), Ruby (1992), Léon: The Professional (1994), 2 Days in the Valley (1996), TV miniseries The Last Don (1997), Dinner Rush (2000) and Lucky Number Slevin (2006). 

Aiello was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as pizzeria owner Sal Frangione in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Lee’s groundbreaking 1989 tale of race relations in Brooklyn. Aiello played against type in Norman Jewison’s 1987’s Moonstruck, playing the lovestruck — and eventually jilted — fiancé of Cher’s Loretta. In 1992, Aiello played the title character in Ruby, a chronicle of Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassin Jack Ruby.

A longtime resident of New Jersey, Aiello is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sandy, and three children.

He was always good in everything he did, had a long career, and was married to his wife for 64 years...that is pretty amazing just by itself.

He will be missed.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Say the word

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Good news today for Shazam fans...

Warner Bros. has revealed that Shazam! 2 will open on April 1, 2022. 

The sequel’s creative team wasn’t included in the announcement. But earlier this year, director David F. Sandberg and screenwriter Henry Gayden were both reportedly returning to develop the sequel. 

I really enjoyed the first one and am looking forward to this one too.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Take another pill

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Good news for us Matrix fans...

The untitled fourth Matrix film, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss, will be out May 21, 2021. Lana Wachowski is writing and directing the new Matrix, which already has a slew of new stars coming on board. 

One interesting note here is that, as it stands, The Matrix 4 will open the same day as John Wick 4, which would be kind of crazy. Two action-packed part fours starring Keanu Reeves hitting theaters on the same day? One has to assume John Wick will push, but we’ll see what happens.

Looking forward to seeing this for sure!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Phillip McKeon

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Very sad news today...

Philip McKeon, the former child actor who played young Tommy Hyatt on the 1976-85 CBS sitcom Alice, died today in Texas after a long illness. The elder brother of Facts of Life actress Nancy McKeon, was 55. 

McKeon would go on to appear in such TV series as The Love Boat, Amazing Stories and Favorite Son but is best known for his first role as the precocious son of Linda Lavin’s title character in Alice. 

McKeon also had small roles on the big screen in films including Sandman, Red Surf and 976-EVIL II. He also appeared on TV game shows including The Hollywood Squares and The $100,000 Pyramid and later worked for 10 years in the news department at Los Angeles radio outlet KFWB-AM. He then moved to Wimberly, Texas, where he spent the past several years hosting a local radio show.

55 years old...so young.

I think Linda Lavin is the only one from the original cast that is still alive.

He will be missed.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Wonder Woman 1984

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The first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 was finally released over the weekend...



I. Can't.Wait!!

June 5th can't get here quickly enough for me.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Anchors Away

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The first full trailer of the upcoming second season of Lost in Space was released today..



I loved the first season and am really looking forward to this new one when it's released on Netflix December 24th.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

We all have our secrets

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The first trailer for the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, was released today...



These movies all pretty much have the same plot, lots of being chased, shot at, big stunts, being captured, almost dying, then escaping, the end.

But, they are always well done, beautifully shot, and good mindless fun until the next one rolls around.

We'll see how Daniel Craig's final Bond performance does when it opens on April 8th.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

I need to sharpen my ax

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The first trailer for the upcoming fifth season of The Magicians was just released...



I love this show and can't wait until the new season picks back up on January 15th!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Shelley Morrison

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Very sad news over the weekend...

Veteran actress and Will & Grace breakout star and fan-favorite Shelley Morrison died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 83.

In addition to Will & Grace, Morrison’s resume includes a lengthy list of TV series and films. From 1967 to 1970 She played Sister Sixto alongside Sally Field in the iconic series The Flying Nun.

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She also had guest-starring roles in other TV staples from the ’60s on, including The Fugitive, L.A. Law and Murder, She Wrote. She also provided the voice of Mrs. Portillo in Handy Manny, an animated series from Disney. She also appeared alongside many legendary actors in many films including How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968) alongside Dean Martin, Funny Girl (1968) with Barbra Streisand, Mackenna’s Gold (1969) with Gregory Peck as well as Fools Rush In (1997) with Salma Hayek.

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The actress’s career spans 50 years but is best known as the sharp-tongued maid Rosario Salazar from NBC’s Will & Grace who would go head to head with Megan Mullally’s Karen Walker, trading verbal jabs and insults. She played the character for eight seasons from 1999 to 2006 and won a Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble in a comedy series.

I used to love her on The Flying Nun and especially on Will and Grace. Her arguments with Karen were one of my favorite parts of the show. Like this one for example...



I thought the show did a great job of paying tribute to her and the character this past year. They must have known that she was ill.

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She will be missed but fondly remembered.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a great long weekend with your family or friends. And, if things get tense, perhaps you can all watch this together to help make things better.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Mr. Koenig

SNL released an additional sketch with Will Ferrell that was edited out this past weekend...



Yeah...they made a good choice to cut it.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Crisis On Infinite Earths

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A trailer for the upcoming Crisis On Infinite Earths was released today...



I've enjoyed seeing all of the CW heroes come together each year for their crossover events, so am really looking forward to this one too.

It all starts on Sunday December 8th.

Friday, November 22, 2019

A Who-t

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Here's the first trailer for the upcoming season of Doctor Who...



The next season of Doctor Who will be airing sometime next year, with a special New Years Eve day preview.

Enjoyable.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Switcheroo

I'm not even a cat-person and, yet, this series of memes continues to entertain me.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Make it so!

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It appears that the director of TV's Fargo and Legion series may be writing and directing the next Star Trek movie...

Paramount Pictures is in final talks with Noah Hawley to write and direct a Star Trek film. Through his 26 Keys production banner he will produce along with JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot banner. Hawley will helm the fourth film in this iteration of the venerable franchise, with the Enterprise crew led by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban.


In addition to his groundbreaking series Legion, Hawley serves as executive producer, writer, director and showrunner on FX’s Emmy-winning limited series Fargo. He currently is in production on the fourth season, which stars Chris Rock, with Hawley directing the first episodes.

I like both of those series and, of course, love Star Trek.

All available body parts are crossed that this will happen soon.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Fifth Avenue

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The first trailer for the upcoming HBO sci-fi/comedy series Avenue 5 was released....



It looks like it's trying to be a cross between The Love Boat and The Orville. I'm not sure whether that combo is gonna work or not.

Guess we'll find out when it comes out in January.

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

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The trailer for the The Death and Life of John F. Donovan was released today...



It has a great cast, including Kit Harington and Susan Sarandon, and looks like something that would make me cry, so I'll probably watch it.

The movie opens on December 13th, but will also be available On-Demand the same day.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Man in Black

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Exciting!

Black Adam will be released December 22, 2021.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wheee!

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Even though the first season of The Witcher doesn't start airing on Netflix until December 20th, the network decided to move forward with a second season today.

Enjoyable.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

There we are

A new featurette for the upcoming third season of The Crown was released today...



I really enjoy Olivia Colman and can't wait until this starts airing on Netflix this Sunday, November 17th!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Fantasy Island

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The first trailer for the upcoming Fantasy Island movie was released today...



It's definitely not going to be "Smiles, everybody...SMILES".

I'm not sure how I feel about this.

A part of me understands that they can't just recreate the cheesy original show, but the other part of me kinda hates that they're taking a fun family-friendly classic and just turning it into another typical horror movie that I'll likely not see.

If it's successful, I "can't wait" for the inevitable horror versions of other childhood shows and movies. I suppose this horror recut of Mary Poppins is actually more likely to be a reality soon...



Although, I might actually see that.

Fantasy Island opens on February 14th.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Invisible Man

The first trailer for the upcoming The Invisible Man remake was released today...



It's definitely a different take on the classic story. It looks like it's going to be two "fun-filled" hours of spousal abuse.

I guess Elisabeth Moss didn't feel she was suffering enough doing the Handmaid's Tale.

We'll see how the reviews are when it opens on February 28th.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Ew, Baby

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The first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming Apple TV+ series, Servant, was released today...



That was definitely NOT what I thought it would be about, based on the early photos and short teaser trailers.

But, it also looks really good and like something I'd need ANOTHER pay streaming service to view.

Devil!

For those of you who have the service, you can start watching it on November 28th.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Eight is enough

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The trailer for the upcoming Dolly Parton-themed Netflix series, Heartstrings, was released today...



I do enjoy Dolly and her music, so this will probably be like 8 mini-Hallmark movies with a good soundtrack.

I like it.

They become available on November 22nd, ya'll.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Created by magic

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A new full trailer for Netflix's upcoming series The Witcher was released...



It's looking really good and Henry Cavill appears to be a great fit for the character. I'm really looking forward to seeing this when it becomes available on December 20th!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Mandalorian

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The first full trailer for Disney's The Madalorian tv series was released today...



This is one of the reasons I signed up for the new Disney+ service, so hopefully it'll be as good as it looks.

We'll find out when it starts streaming on November 12th.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Superman and Lois

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Looks like there may be more Super friends coming to the CW soon...

The CW’s DC universe is eying another major expansion with Superman & Lois, a present-day drama based on the DC characters, starring Supergirl‘s Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as the iconic couple. The hourlong project, now in development, hails from The Flash executive producer Todd Helbing, DC Universe architect Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV, where Helbing and Berlanti are under deals.

Hoechlin has been portraying Clark Kent/Superman on the CW’s Arrowverse series since 2016, primarily on Supergirl. Tulloch was cast as Lois Lane last year when she appeared alongside Hoechlin’s Man of Steel in the 2018 Arrowverse crossover. She has since appeared as Lois Lane on Supergirl, The Flash and Batwoman. Both Hoechlin and Tulloch are set to reprise their roles in the upcoming big Arrowverse crossover event.

I enjoy him when he's on Supergirl, so we'll see if this moves forward after the pilot is complete.

I can't imagine it wouldn't.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Coming together

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The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released last night...



It's looking pretty epic and fun.

We'll see how this final entry turns out when it opens on December 20th.

Monday, October 21, 2019

We're ready for you

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The first full trailer for the upcoming third season of The Crown was released today...



This is looking REALLY good.

I can't wait until this starts airing on Netflix on November 17th.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Outsider

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HBO released the first trailer for its upcoming Stephen King series, The Outsider, today...



It looks pretty good. Plus, it's got Jason Bateman and Mare Winningham...enjoyable!

Looking forward to this when it starts airing in January.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Friends and Family plan

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Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram yesterday with her first photo with a few of her "friends"...

Jennifer Aniston, once one of the few A-list actress holdouts to social media, opened her Instagram account yesterday and as of this morning she’s counting an enormous 8.6M followers, all from one Friends 25th anniversary reunion selfie with her fellow cast members Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. 

Already off of that one photo, Aniston has more followers on Instagram than fellow actresses Jennifer Garner (7.4M), Julia Roberts (6.8M), Nicole Kidman (5.5M), Charlize Theron (4.5M) and Shailene Woodley (4.4M). The photo itself logged a mind-boggling 10.2M likes. Aniston also smashed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s record of the fastest Instagram account to reach 1M followers. According to the Guinness World Records, the royal couple have held the title since April, when they signed up to the app and amassed that number within 5 hours and 45 minutes. Aniston’s Instagram amassed so many followers, it reportedly crashed her account for a bit yesterday, but was quickly fixed.

I think she's gonna do just fine.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bombshell

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The first full trailer for Bombshell was released today...



Great cast and looks really good.

The movie opens on December 20th.

I'm in!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Meow

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Looks like the new Batman movie now has a new Catwoman...

The Batman movie has found its Selina Kyle aka Catwoman in Big Little Lies star Zoe Kravitz. Her deal is official. The film directed by Matt Reeves comes out on June 25, 2021.

Kravitz joins Robert Pattinson who has the title role, Jeffrey Wright who is playing Commissioner Gordon and Jonah Hill who is in talks for a villain role. 

The actress follows in the path of such great big screen performers who’ve worn the Catwoman black leather suit as Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway and Halle Berry, the latter who starred in a Warner Bros. standalone pic with the villain’s name. Kravitz boasts a big resume with feature credits that include Mad Max Fury Road, the Fantastic Beasts franchise, the Divergent franchise, X-Men: First Class, and the The Lego Batman Movie in which she played…yes, Catwoman (and all Batman fans know who Kyle is). 

This movie will either be really good or a train wreck. Time will tell and I'll definitely see it either way.

The movie opens on June 25th, 2021.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Go Tootsie, Go



This is a great recent interview with Jessica Lange that discusses her career and some of her favorite memories of working over the years.

She's enjoyable.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Christmas Miracle

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The first trailer for the second season of Netflix's Lost in Space was also released this past weekend...



I really enjoyed the first season and this one looks pretty awesome as well. I'm very excited that it's coming back on December 24th.

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Major West (Ignacio Serricchio)...I'll see you on Christmas Eve.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Number Two

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A couple of new trailers were released this weekend at New York Comic Con, the first of which was for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series on CBS All Access...



It's looking really good and, as much as I've fought it, I may have to get CBS All Access when this starts airing on January 23rd.

They also released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming third season of Star Trek: Discovery...



I still haven't seen the second season, but this new season won't start until sometime next year (likely after Picard), so I'll watch both of them after that as well.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Diahann Carroll

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Very sad news today...

Diahann Carroll, TV’s history-making star of NBC’s 1960s sitcom Julia and Broadway’s first black Tony Award-winner in a leading role for the 1962 musical No Strings, died today of cancer. The Dynasty star was 84.

Already a popular stage and nightclub performer when she signed on to star in Julia, Carroll is credited with being the first African-American actress to lead a primetime series in a non-stereotypical role, and the first overall since Beulah, the 1950s sitcom about a maid. 

Julia became an immediate hit when it launched in September 1968, finishing at No. 7 among all primetime programs that season, and won Carroll a 1968 Best Actress/TV Golden Globe Award. The series was canceled after the 1971 season. Carroll would go on to earn three additional primetime Emmy nominations for roles in Naked City (1963), A Different World (1989) and Grey’s Anatomy (2008). She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for the children’s special The Sweetest Gift.

Various TV appearances followed (Roots: The Next Generations, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, even the destined-for-cult-classic-status The Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978), but Carroll’s next pioneering move came with her portrayal of Dominique Deveraux, first in 1984 on Dynasty and, later, crossing over to the show’s spin-off The Colbys. 

Though perhaps most widely known for her TV roles – she was a 2011 inductee in the Television Hall of Fame – Carroll was a longstanding and celebrated stage actress, following up House of Flowers and No Strings with a 1982 stint in Broadway’s Agnes of God and 1999’s Off Broadway landmark feminist production The Vagina Monologues. She again defied expectations in 1995 by starring as Norma Desmond in the Toronto production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard.

She was always enjoyable to watch and had a wonderfully long and successful career.

She will be missed.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

His Dark Materials

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A new trailer for HBO's His Dark Materials was released today...



Each trailer looks better and better. I guess I'm going to have to try to get HBO again before this starts airing on November 4th.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Super men

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The first pic of the two Supermen from the CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths as they start to work together.

Enjoyable.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

For the birds

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The first trailer for Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (dear Lord, could the title BE any longer?!) was released today....



Although I do enjoy Margot Robbie, I have to say that I'm just not feeling this movie. I want to want to see it.

But, I don't.

Maybe I'll change my mind by the time it opens on February 7th.

Or not.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Cockadoodie Two

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The first trailer for the upcoming second season of Hulu's Castle Rock was released today and it introduces a very familiar Stephen King character...



I don't have Hulu, so I haven't seen the first season (which I heard was good). But, this trailer is starting to sway me to subscribe.

Why must there be so many damn subscription services??!!

The new season of Castle Rock starts on October 23rd.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Superman too

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Here is the first picture of Brandon Routh suited up again as one of many Supermen for the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover with Supergirl and other other CW super-shows...

We’ve known for a few months the (frankly, still wild to contemplate) news that Brandon Routh would be appearing in the CW’s upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths mega-crossover of the Arrowverse and beyond, not just as Legends of Tomorrow’s Atom, but also Superman. 

Well, a version of Superman amongst many, apparently—and not even the Superman Routh had previously played on the big screen either. Instead, Routh would be playing the older Superman of the iconic DC Comics Elseworlds miniseries Kingdom Come, by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.

The five-part Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover between The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Batwoman, and somehow basically every other old DC TV show you like begins on the CW this December.

These "events" are always fun to watch and there's even a possibility that Lynda Carter will be showing up to play a version of Wonder Woman.

I'm in!

The five-hour crossover’s first three episodes will air in December, with the final two installments arriving after the winter hiatus in Jan. 2020.

Here’s the full schedule below, with some of the shows airing on special nights:

  •  Supergirl: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. 
  •  Batwoman: Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. 
  •  The Flash: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. 
  •  Arrow: Tuesday, Jan 14 at 8 p.m. 
  •  DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Tuesday, Jan 14. at 9 p.m.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Something more

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It looks like we might be getting more Thirtysomething in the near future...

Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick’s beloved 1987 drama series thirtysomething is making a comeback. I have learned that the duo is pitching a new incarnation of the show, which is garnering interest from multiple networks, including ABC, which aired the original series.

Written by thirtysomething creators Herskovitz and Zwick and to be directed by Zwick, I hear the followup series revolves around the children of the characters in the original show, which are now 30-something themselves. I hear the intention is for original cast members to reprise their roles but no one is set yet and there have been no formal talks.

Thirtysomething was a seminal series that captured the angst of the baby boomer generation and its struggles with real-life issues such as career, relationships, marriage, having kids and parenting. It centered around Michael Steadman (Ken Olin), his stay-at-home wife Hope Murdoch (Mel Harris) and their baby Janie. Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton and Polly Draper also starred in the series, which won 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, out of 41 nominations, and two Golden Globe Awards over the course of its four-season run.

This was one of my favorite shows of the time and it's definitely something I would watch if we're lucky enough to get another season or two in the near future.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Bravo

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I saw the Downton Abbey movie tonight and really enjoyed it.

If you loved the series, you'll love the movie.

It's that simple.